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Oprah Winfrey is still the most powerful celebrity on the planet. According to the latest The Celebrity 100 list published by Forbes Magazine each year, Oprah remained enthroned at the top of the list at No. 1, earning over $275 million dollars from June 2007 - June 2008.
It should be noted that money is not the only factor in Forbes calculations when determining its rankings.
According to USATODAY Forbes "estimates celebrity earnings, then factors in media metrics like Google hits, press mentions as compiled by Factiva, TV/radio mentions from Lexis/Nexis and the number of times an A-lister appears on the cover of more than 50 consumer magazines."
At least nine other stars with daytime connections made The Celebrity 100 list.
Jennifer Aniston, the daughter of Days of Our Lives' star John Aniston, made the top 20. She notched a spot at No. 17 with $27 million in earnings.
Oprah's protege Dr. Phil survived the Britney Spears fiasco coming in at No. 30 with $13 million.
Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose legal empire is estimated in the hundreds of millions, ranked No. 40 with $45 million in 2008.
Tyra Banks, who has her eye on building an Oprah style empire of her own, mustered up a No. 68 ranking and $23 million.
Former Young and Restless star Eva Longoria Parker leveraged her Desperate Housewives stardom to the tune of $9 million and a No. 70 ranking.
Ellen DeGeneres, who has seen her popularity rise in recent years, just missed making the Top 70 coming in at No. 71 though she earned $20 million in 2008.
TV show host extraordinaire Regis Philbin talked his way to No. 74 and $21 million.
Nurtured by Oprah Rachael Ray pulled in $18 million and a spot at No. 76.
Wrapping up the list of celebrities with a connection to daytime who made the list is former daytime talk show host Howie Mandel who placed No. 90 and earned $14 million.
Combined, these stars pulled in a whopping $465 million dollars in 2008.
Desperate Housewives star and former Young and The Restless alum Eva Longoria Parker is slated to host the 2008 ALMA awards.
Longoria Parker will be pulling double duty a the award show, not only will she host but she's also the executive producer.
"What better way is there to celebrate than with a star-studded showcase of Latino contributions to American culture? We are also delighted to have Eva back as our host. She's respected and talented in the entertainment industry and a true champion for our community, "Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza -- one of the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States -- said in a statement. The show will coincide with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.
"I am honored to executive-produce and host the ALMA Awards with NCLR again," Longoria Parker said. "Every year I think we build a stronger show with some of the most amazing talent and performers."
The ALMA awards show honors Latino contributions to the entertainment industry will tape Aug. 17 and broadcast on Sept. 12 on ABC.
Go head Eva!
We told you weeks ago it was a very likely possibility, now it's official! According to Soap Opera Network, All My Children's head writing team of James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten have been replaced by former General Hospital scrbe Charles Pratt, Jr. Pratt's last daytime stint was as co-head writer of GH with Robert Guza. Since that time he has worked on such primetime shows as Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. An inside source revealed to us ABC daytime head Brian Frons was unhappy with longterm projections recently submitted by Esensten and Brown for the 38-year-old sudser and had given Pratt, who along with Guza also wrote for Melrose Place, the opportunity to submit his own storylines. Apparently Pratt's vision for the show proved more to the exec's liking.
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